By Kate Gore, Reptile House keeper
The Reptile House has three new additions - baby Poison blue dart frogs (Dendrobates azureus). The egg mass containing the 3 was found on the 7th of May. They were full tadpoles as of the 24th of May, and began metamorphosing on the 25th of June. The baby frogs are being fed fruit flies exclusively, and when they are a bit bigger, they will also eat small crickets.
(Metamorphosis In Brief:
We have 3 adult blue dart frogs on exhibit--judging by their sizes, there are two females and one male. If you look at the exhibits, you might see what looks like coconut halves on the ground; these are, in fact, hollowed out coconuts with little dishes partially filled with water inside. The "houses" give the frogs privacy in which to lay their eggs. In the wild, these frogs would use anything in which water has collected to lay their eggs--even trash!